Stupid Luck and Happenstance, Thread III

I feel sorry right now for John Aleshire because when we first met him he just wanted to enlist in the German military at a time when the existence of Germany was in question instead Johannes Schultz sees something in him and redirected him to the FBI.
We don’t know if he gave secrets to the Germans but he did do some work for them that was also somewhat beneficial to the United States.
One of the questions about what is in all those documents that Good Ol’ John Elias gave to Woodward is there something about Imperial Shipping getting Martin Luther King Jr. out of the United States on behalf of the ACLU with Nixon the main go between ?
 
This will definitely trigger an unprecedented purge in the FBI and other agencies ...
And the whole thing is much worse than the Albert Speer incident at the beginning of the story.
 
Oh, no.

That is so not the way I wanted that to end for either character, but then again I didn't know what I really wanted.

That said Dillinger got his epic end, and Aleshire certainly got his comeuppance.
 
I have had some friends of mine from the South use the term: “You could mess up a 2 car funeral”. Insert appropriate expletive for the seriousness of the mess up in place of the word mess. All kinds of congressional investigations might happen until members of the House and Senate are reminded they approved of these people and their programs over the years.
 
We can not over estimate the amount of blowback that this is going to generate in both the United States and Germany and the first thing both governments are going to do is offer up a number of human sacrifices who for the most part are dead but there will be a couple of live bodies to take the fall and we are looking at you John Aleshire.
Nixon's best bet is to get ahead of the story and don't try to cover-up his involvement by stonewalling any inquiry either official or press and he can claim he was protecting the life of an innocent person who was being targeted by a state sponsored terrorist group (KKK) because of his race.
Ironically it will be in the best interests of both countries to cooperate with each other and claim "A New Era of Peace has begun".
 
Nixon's best bet is to get ahead of the story and don't try to cover-up his involvement by stonewalling any inquiry either official or press and he can claim he was protecting the life of an innocent person who was being targeted by a state sponsored terrorist group (KKK) because of his race.
Aawwwwww....lets not ruin Nixon now. Give him a better chance OTL.
 
It only took a few seconds after opening the damned thing that Woodward discovered the shocking identity of his mysterious source, but it was the photographs and documentation that caused the blood to run from his face. This wasn’t simply a case of one cold blooded murder. There were names, dates, and financial records that spelled out exactly what had happened and why. This wasn’t just any bombshell; it was a fucking atomic bomb…
Literally, figuratively and politically. How the hell do you break a story like this one? Do you break a story like this one? On the one hand, you have evidence of what is probably the longest and most successful penetration of a nations government by anyone in history. On the other hand, that penetration enabled the Abwehr/BND to prevent an American city from being glassed. If published... God, the blood in Washington D.C. will be ankle deep at a minimum. Tensions between the US & Germany will skyrocket and there is a very good argument for this to be a casus bellum (causa belli?). What a way for Dillinger to rage quit TTL. He just threw an ungodly amount of excrement at the rotary air impeller. Truman and his successors, including Rockefeller, did know some of this, especially the rogue nuke thing, and that will come out. This is so explosive it might even leave an actual crater. Assuming, that is, it actually gets published. Although something this hot and outside strict government control WILL get leaked.

Fortunately, Kat is not involved in any of this, although it might give Georgie Boy & Meyer Lansky some ideas. Pretty sure they'll be sat on asap.

Unfortunately, Nancy & Tilo and Manny & Suse are in the US at the moment. A country that, ITTL, has a habit of over-reacting, conducting witch hunts and ignoring the forms of diplomatic niceties (remember Asia). Nancy is going to have some severe flashbacks to how she was treated when she was innocent the last time the US started German bashing. This time around, the Yanks will actually have a damn good reason to be pissed. Hopefully, she and Tilo can bug out to Canada. Ritchie is about to get in a whole world of trouble because he is personal friends with THE German Princess and has TWO, repeat TWO, Germans visiting him right now. Hopefully, Manny & Suse can get to Mexico before shit goes down.

Either way, P-M, this is a brilliant set-up for that flash-forward sneak preview you gave us involving Tatiana.

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Every intelligence agency in the world will immediately start triple checking everyone in their organisation. Just in case. After all, the Germans have just been exposed as THE very best at espionage.
 
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Aawwwwww....lets not ruin Nixon now. Give him a better chance OTL.
Well this is a Nixon who,isn't filled with resentment and paranoia and IOTL if he came clean about the Watergate break in immediately he wouldn't got in trouble for trying to use the CIA to cover up the break in.
 
Just in case. After all, the Germans have just been exposed as THE very best at espionage.
In previous chapters, the Americans claimed to have an agent highly placed in the German government.
This could end up blowing up badly for the Americans too unless the Germans are complacent.

I suspect this could also make things awkward between America and Canada too given the cooperation between Germany and Canada and Canada's aid in getting various people out of America.

If the border between America and Canada becomes less open, that could make it harder for various characters to get out.

Richie's career will take a hit too, after all, he's been courting various high profile Germans with "connections" to the intelligence services.

Yup, a new Kraut scare is going to hit very hard indeed.
 
New York Times vs Sullivan might actually go the other way in this timeline given that this is MORE explosive than the Pentagon Papers or Watergate. It’s Rosenberg plus if Robert Hanssen had been FBI Director.
 
Von Schmidt basically forced him into helping the Abwehr (and later BND) with a threat of extradition, I am guessing what woodward received was the proof of aleshire's treason (and his own identity) but not the autobiography that is still in Sarah's hands.

Aleshire did not commit treason : he is a foreign spy living under a false identity, he is not an US citizen turned traitor.

That makes a lot of difference, traitors will be sentenced to death any time, but spies will only be executed in war time, in peace time the penalties for a captured foreign spy without diplomatic cover will be... variable.


Even him murdering Dillinger is iffy, as Dillinger had been officially dead for decades, a lawyer could argue that it is impossible for a murder to have been committed if the supposed victim was dead long before the supposed murder.
 
Aleshire did not commit treason : he is a foreign spy living under a false identity, he is not an US citizen turned traitor.
Aleshire's grandfather changed the family name from Alscher during WW1, John Aleshire is a born and bred American, not a German inserted into American society
 
Aleshire did not commit treason : he is a foreign spy living under a false identity, he is not an US citizen turned traitor.

That makes a lot of difference, traitors will be sentenced to death any time, but spies will only be executed in war time, in peace time the penalties for a captured foreign spy without diplomatic cover will be... variable.


Even him murdering Dillinger is iffy, as Dillinger had been officially dead for decades, a lawyer could argue that it is impossible for a murder to have been committed if the supposed victim was dead long before the supposed murder.

For the first, he has a US passport and pays US taxes. You might be able to make the claim he has dual citizenship, but you don't get to be head of the FBI without having the paperwork to prove that you are a US citizen.

And the second suggestion is a joke. It's equivalent to claiming it's legal to hunt people who don't have birth certificates to prove they're human.
 
Aleshire did not commit treason : he is a foreign spy living under a false identity, he is not an US citizen turned traitor.

That makes a lot of difference, traitors will be sentenced to death any time, but spies will only be executed in war time, in peace time the penalties for a captured foreign spy without diplomatic cover will be... variable.

True enough. Usually, it involves bouncing them back to their country while making sure it gets publicised so they're blown as an intelligence asset.
 
Part 128, Chapter 2170
Chapter Two Thousand One Hundred Seventy.



22nd August 1972

Sacramento, California

At the Presidential Campaign Headquarters for Richard Nixon, no one was quite sure what to make of everything that had happened. Was this good or bad for them? Nixon himself said that he was preparing a statement that he was going to make later than evening, just in time for the National Broadcasters to pick up, of course. He told his staff that now was the time for leadership and that now was the time to strike while the opposition was divided.

One might have gotten whiplash with how fast things had developed over the last few days. At first John Aleshire, the Director of the FBI, was lauded as a hero, he had shot none other than John Dillinger, the man who had topped the FBI’s most wanted list for decades after he claimed that he had been accosted by him in the National Mall. Then a day later, the Washington Post story had dropped and that placed a vastly different spin on the matter. It revealed, complete with photographic evidence, what had really happened. Complete with Aleshire shooting an unarmed man and then planting a weapon on that man. That single action called into question nearly every single case the FBI had ever referred to the US Justice Department during his tenure as Director.

That wasn’t even the meat of the story though.

Dillinger had furnished the Washington Post with verifiable information that proved conclusively that Aleshire had been a deep cover mole for German Military Intelligence for the entirety of his career at the FBI. No one knew how Dillinger could have gotten his hands on that information, or where he had been for the prior decades. He wasn’t in a position to answer any questions. Aleshire shooting him when confronted over the matter had made so that every bit of that evidence now had far more veracity than if he had just told the Washington Post to take his word for it. The consensus was that Aleshire was completely screwed seven ways.

That this was taking place during the run-up to the 1972 General Election was lost on no one. As President Truman had famously stated when talking about the Office of the President; The Buck stops here. Nelson Rockefeller had had all of this go down on his watch, there was no escaping that. Then to add insult to injury, Spiro Agnew had delivered a particularly tone-deaf acceptance speech when he had accepted the Presidential Nomination at the Republican National Convention. He had gone on at length about those with mixed loyalties lurking among them and had denounced the long reach of the German Monarchy in America due to the refusal to assimilate that they had all witnessed. This was after Nelson Rockefeller, a descendent of German immigrants had spoken to the convention just minutes earlier. Agnew himself, whose father was Greek, should have known better. Besides that, if they had learned anything during the Kraut Scare back in the forties and fifties it was that by alienating a third or more of the country you were providing those very forces you wanted to keep out thousands of potential recruits. Nixon suspected that when they drilled down into the matter, that would very likely be the origins of how the BND got their hooks into Aleshire.



Los Angeles

They had been planning on leaving anyway, but the situation had turned on a dime and it wasn’t the best of circumstances. When Manny and Suse had arrived at the airport, they found that what looked like half the State National Guard had taken up residence. Supposedly, almost every airport in the United States looked like this and according to Ritchie, the border with Mexico was even worse. Manny had spent much of the last week hashing out what could make that movie script halfway workable. The rest of the time he had gone with Suse to various tourist spots. It had been fun. Then something that neither of them had any control over happened. Ritchie had gotten a phone call the previous Saturday calling him in. He had called earlier in the day warning Manny and Suse that it would probably be best if they got on the flight to New York with the connection to Berlin-Brandenburg with as little fuss as possible.

Manny understood that these were the equivalent to the Landwehr back home. Probably not the most formidable Division he might have faced if he had the 2nd Army at his back, but for him alone with Suse it was potentially the worst possible threat. It was all because they were not necessarily professionals. They might be store clerks or barbers most of the time, but they played the role of soldiers occasionally and that was the capacity in which they were here.

For years, there had been talk of putting metal detectors in airports. Part of an effort to keep someone from sneaking something very stupid onto an airplane. That had been argued against by people who feared that they would end up with something like the scene that greeted Manny and Suse when they reached the security checkpoint. It looked like something from a movie depicting Soviet era Russia, complete with heavily armed men and attack dogs.

“ID and boarding pass” The Agent from the Airline said. He had no reason to be polite today and made no effort to be. With a bit of reluctance Manny handed over the relevant documentation and got a dirty look in return. “Your flight will soon be boarding” he said in a tone that suggested that he wanted to say don’t ever come back.
 
Remember the cold war. Every now and then it turned out that one side or the other had a highly placed mole. Nothing serious ever came from it.

Yes some loud diplomatical noises, some heads rolling (some literally), internal investigations…

but nothing more. And the relationship between TTL Germany and the USA is far from cold war quality.

It would be hard to tell if a second wave of German scare will go off, heavily dependent on how much of the story with the nuclear bomb gets revealed (and believed).
 
Remember the cold war. Every now and then it turned out that one side or the other had a highly placed mole. Nothing serious ever came from it.

Yes some loud diplomatical noises, some heads rolling (some literally), internal investigations…

but nothing more. And the relationship between TTL Germany and the USA is far from cold war quality.

It would be hard to tell if a second wave of German scare will go off, heavily dependent on how much of the story with the nuclear bomb gets revealed (and believed).
Indeed. And look at today - the last time I can think of that Russian spies got found in America, all that happened was flights back to Russia.
 
If John Aleshire is not already in Federal custody he should be finding a way to beat feet out of the United States but his problem is that he is now very radioactive and no doubt that many countries will not take him in.
Aleshire is now a liability to the Germans and to keep him from talking they are going to feed him to the crabs.
The British are on the sideline with their tea and crumpets watching with detached amusement and wanting nothing to do with this and content to see the United States and Germany go at each other.
The only possible ones that may help Aleshire are the French and Russians but that is going to come at a very high price to him and there are no guarantees that they won't dispose of him after they wring every last drop of information from him.
Aleshire best bet is to make a deal with the Feds tell them everything and hope to get a release date and new identities for his family.
 
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